Tuesday, August 30, 2011

David 'Honeyboy' Edwards

And then there were none. David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, the last of the pre-war Mississippi bluesmen who played with the legendary Robert Johnson, has died aged 96. His death follows that of Pinetop Perkins earlier this year and that of Robert Lockwood Jr five years ago.

It's amazing to think that Honeyboy was first recorded by Alan Lomax as long ago as 1942, yet received a Grammy for traditional blues as recently as 2008 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2010. He played with other pre-war blues greats, including Charlie Patton and Johnny Shines, and just about every bluesman since, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter. His last performance was at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in April of this year.



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